Half of employees feel their skills are being underused..

by Barrie Hopson on September 20, 2010 · 0 comments

in Flexible working,New ways of working,portfolio careers,Work

… according to the World Of Work Report 2010. This was despite 23 per cent of workers having up-skilled during the recession.  There are also mismatched perceptions of what factors employers think will retain talent and what actually motivates staff to continue working for them, the research found.  Employers ranked the main reasons driving people to stay at a company as its brand, culture and the benefits package offered.

But employees credited the most significant factors in their choice of employer as the level of remuneration, training and development, a good career path and flexible working conditions.  The report, compiled by recruitment solutions provider Randstad, drew on several employer and employee surveys totalling 2,500 UK responses.  The research found that during the economic downturn, a third of permanent staff and a fifth of interims and contractors up-skilled to cover additional responsibilities, often because organisations had not hired new staff.   The recession also resulted in around 10 per cent of people taking up positions that did not fully utilise their skills, the polls showed.

Is it surprising that more and more people are attracted to portfolio careers where all their eggs are not in one basket and where you can use some of your skills in one job and other skills in one or more additional jobs.

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